Sure, we began with a low bar: improving on wooden calf housing. But over the past three-plus decades, improvement itself has become our thing. Using our innovative thermoforming technology, we’ve continually innovated to increase our products’ durability, UV resilience, ventilation, and hygiene. In the process, we’ve helped farmers like you raise healthier calves—and make more money.
There's always more than one way to do something, but only one best way. We thermoform Calf-Tel hutches out of extruded sheets of polyethylene. This process results in a molecular bonding within the plastic that is far superior to any other form of manufacturing--providing unmatched strength and durability.
The structural integrity of our Calf-Tel hutches are proven to stand the test of time. It's not unusual to see our hutches still in use after 25 years on the job. Calf-Tel's high-molecular weight is combined with a UV-blocking pigment--preventing premature degradation of the plastic. One less thing to worry about.
Happy, healthy calves are a direct result of comfort and climate. The opaque material used on Calf-Tel hutches acts as a barrier to direct sunlight, producing shade and lower temperatures. This material also reduces condensation, often found in translucent hutches, which can build up during dramatic shifts in weather--keeping calves dryer during cold winter days.
Ventilation is critical in limiting respiratory illness and eliminating heat stress. The flow of air is strategically engineered into Calf-Tel hutches, and enhanced by an extra-large adjustable ventilation opening (largest in the industry) for maximum comfort and breathability. Our indoor pen systems feature the AirMax panel for improved air-flow in challenging conditions.
Many materials on the market are extremely porous, an open door for bacteria, pathogens, manure acids and other undesirables. Calf-Tel's smooth surfaces don't have any pores, making them impervious to said undesirables, and super-easy to clean and maintain.This all contributes to lower mortality, morbidity and overall treatment costs, leading to enhanced calf growth.
For over 35 years, Calf-Tel has been producing products that are built to stand the test of time. Longer-lasting product leads to lower lifetime costs. Combine this with the cost savings and benefits of superior calf health, and you can see why approximately 2-million calves are raised in Calf-Tel housing systems worldwide each year.